Water Taxiing To The Navy Yard?


The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation's fleet of water taxis, docked at Penn's Landing | Photo: Courtesy of WilliamPennmanship

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s fleet of water taxis, docked at Penn’s Landing | Photo courtesy of WilliamPennmanship

  • Musing upon alternatives to what would likely be a protracted effort to have the Broad Street Line extended to the Navy Yard, Jake Liefer of Open Info Philly sketches what “may be one of the most potent, realistic ideas for shovel ready service.” An answer, for now at least, might be the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s three newish water taxis–manufactured over a decade ago, they have only recently had their docks constructed. While the DRWC plans to use them in conjunction with its Penn’s Landing-Camden ferry, Liefer’s model accounts for the lull that such a tourist-centric service would have during commuter hours. Heated and air-conditioned, each boat could operate year-round, transporting 24 passengers from Spruce Street Harbor Park to the Navy Yard in 22 minutes. “Rather than extensive capital costs, all components are already in place, fully funded, waiting to be put to use. If done right, there are no additional capital expenditures and all operating costs are fully funded.”
  • PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa shares PennDOT’s plans to realign the section of Winter Street that runs immediately north of the Franklin Institute. By allowing the street to meet the Benjamin Franklin Parkway much closer than it now does–along with 20th Street and Logan Circle– the adjustment will provide room for a tree-lined plaza to buffer a relocated school bus drop-off from the traffic. The work is expected to be ready for spring 2017.
  • The Market-Frankford Line has added some 15,000 daily passengers since 2000, a statistic that becomes claustrophobically clear during rush hour. And so for the last year SEPTA has been piloting the reconfiguration of the seating arrangement of the Blue Line’s 220 cars, removing two seats from six cars. Citified considers SEPTA’s limited options.
  • Check out videographer Cory J. Popp’s latest: an exploration of the open, snow laden streets of Philadelphia from a few weeks back. “What I wanted to show was the bright side of Philly’s winter weather, what Philadelphians were doing when the snow was still falling, and how they were enjoying it,” Popp told Philadelphia magazine’s blog. “I was surprised, but there were actually a ton of people outside despite the weather warnings, and everyone I saw was having a blast, which is really evident in the video.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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